Gigi Stetler's Favorite Things
When an acquaintance asked her to help sell some old RVs, Gigi Stetler didn't know she was looking her future square in the face. "I didn't know the first thing about RVs," she says. "But I saw there was definitely a business there." That was in 1986. Today, Stetler, 47, owns the 27-employee RV Sales of Broward in Fort Lauderdale and rings $18.3 million in sales annually. The avid equestrienne lives in an RV most weekends, when she competes in horse shows. "I travel in a Fleetwood Revolution," she says. "But sometimes I sell it when I'm on the road. So I have to find other accommodations, fast."
HER 24 HORSES
I was on my first pony at two years old. I never had real horse training growing up, but now I have some show horses, racehorses, and I breed a few thoroughbreds. Some of my horses are retired now, living the good life.
I don't actually get to drive around that often. I get jealous of my customers! If I had a few weeks, though, I'd take my son and go up to Lake Placid to relax.
LUCKY RED RAINCOAT
I never go to competitions without it. Whenever it starts getting cloudy, I put it on. I think it's actually only rained on the jacket twice.
I can't ever find my Jamaican jerk sauces when I'm on the road, so I bring them with me.
RV mattresses aren't the same size as regular mattresses, so I designed a line of luxury sheets that fits perfectly. It takes 10 seconds to make the bed.
My RV comes with a built-in gas grill, but I carry a tiny little Hibachi, too. It cooks the best steaks.
Back to BWSmallBiz October/November 2008 Table of Contents